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(Updated   November 21
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.036 billion (1036 million)
Mobiles  1010 million 
Landlines: 26 million 
Total no. of PCs: 110 million 
Internet users:  400 million  including  mobile Internet 159  million
Broadband:  121 million
(wired: 16 million;   wireless : 105 million)
TV owning houses: 150 million ( DTH: 54 million)
DTH operators: 6;     Private TV channel  826

NEW!  India  Internet usage (IAMAI study Nov 2015)
UN Broadband Commission's STATE OF BROADBAND  report  2015 ( Sep. 2015)
India & SAARC numbers
Mobile Internet in India  IAMAI  study  July 2015
E-commerce is Indias new sun-rise industry; set to reach USD 16 billion this year: ASSOCHAM-Deloitte study
Ericsson  Study: Indian Mobile Broadband landscape ( May 2015)

Indian e-gov documents released  Dec 25 2014
- Indian usage of video on mobile... Vuclip study
- Akamai data on Internet speeds in India and Asia
- India Internet numbers for 2014 from IAMAI

- IAMAI study on Mobile Internet in India
- Gartner study on 3-D printer market


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Gionee unveils handset with jumbo 62-hour battery
WinMagic brings endpoint encryption solution to India; offers single key control to cloud users
WinMagic brings endpoint encryption solution to India; offers single key control to cloud users
Google Doodle honours India's dudh walla, Verghese Kurien
Better safe than sorry when it comes to Cyber security, says Norton report
Indian-led Power over WiFi work adjudged among 'most game-changing techs' of 2015
Reliance offers Facebook FreeBasics to all its subscribers
Personal Technologies  
Reliance offers Facebook FreeBasics to all its subscribers
Travel & Tourism Technology  
BPM leader, WNS unveils suite of travel solutions
On World Pneumonia Day, a life-saving breathing monitor for children from Philips engineers in India and Africa

Product Pulse  
LG Nexus 5 X: Barbie's favourite smart phone!
IT happened in India
  WinMagic brings endpoint encryption solution to India; offers single key control to cloud users
Bangalore, November 26 2015: Canada-headquartered data security specialist WinMagic,   has launched SecureDoc CloudSync,  software that encrypts files at the endpoint, leaving full control with the enterprise through a single key,  before entrusting  them to cloud-based  services. ....
Google Doodle honours India's dudh walla, Verghese Kurien
Dudh walla (milk man)  to the nation... November 26 2015:  Google has marked  with a doodle today,  the 94th birth anniversary of India's "Father of the White Revolution" Verghese Kurien, the man behind the  world's largest agricultural development programme -- at Anand,  Gujarat, better known by its brand,  Amul. ....
Reliance offers Facebook FreeBasics to all its subscribers
Bangalore,  November 25 2015: Starting today, all Reliance subscribers across India can  access free Internet, for limited basic services, via Facebook’s Free Basics. ...
Gionee unveils handset with jumbo 62-hour battery
Bangalore, November 24th 2015: With  film actor, model and latterly  champion  long distance  runner Milind Soman to  create  a physical metaphor   for  the product's USP,  China-based    global mobile  handset leader  Gionee launched   a phone in India today,   with arguably  the  biggest  battery capacity  on offer:  The 6020 mAh-capable  Marathon M5. ...
Voice SMS app, InstaVoice, now with new features
Novel idea:   Voice  as SMS! |Cape Town, South Africa, November 24 2015: Leader in voice messaging and social media solutions for mobile users in emerging markets  -- Kirusa -- has unveiled the upgraded and redesigned version of its popular social networking mobile app InstaVoice. ...

Education and e-learning
3D learning -- on the Cloud!
Bubhaneswar, Odisha, November 16, 2015: World leader in 3D design software — Dassault Systèmes  --  has partnered with -with Centurion University of Technology & Management, Odisha (CUTM) to offer virtual design and digital manufacturing programmes with Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform for Academia on the cloud. ....
Free online skill development portal, a huge success
New Delhi, November 15, 2015: India-headquartered global leader in skills and talent development NIIT Ltd has witnessed a four-fold increase over the initial limited target of 10,000 registrations  for it new distancee education venture  NIIT. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Bangalore's Shangri-La hotel IT-enables its health club
November  19 2015: Bangalore's  recently opened Shangri-La Hotel,   has married technology  and wellness to create a healthclub with   equipment from TechnoGym. The mantra is ‘Wellness on the Go’ was born, letting users to enjoy a wellness lifestyle wherever they are – in the gym, at home, at work and outdoors – and stay connected to their world and their training. ....
Travel search leader, ixigo, launches budget hotel service
New Delhi, November 17 2015: ixigo, India’s leading travel search marketplace has announced the launch of a new meta-search across  budget hotels on its website. ‘Super Value Hotels’,  is ixigo’s curated collection of 2500 budget hotels across 80 cities in India has affordable room-rates ranging from Rs. ....

mHealth business has generated 165,000apps: study
Berlin,  November, 25 2015: The  2015  fifth edition  of  the mHealth App Developer Economics   study  -- the  largest  such study published globally   -- finds  that major apps stores   offer   more than 165,000 mHealth apps published by 45,000 companies. ....
Practo ties up with Uber to solve patients' last mile hassles
Bangalore, November 17, 2015: Asia’s largest healthcare booking platform , Practo,   has addressed, patients'  'last mile'  problems -- by teaming up with leading cab aggregator, Uber. Starting today, Practo users across India, Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore who book an appointment on Practo’s award-winning app will be able to see the closest Uber available when they get a reminder alert for their appointments. ....
Tata Sky launches Actve Fitness on its DTH platform
Mumbai, October 6, 2015:  DTH provider ata Sky, the, has joined hands with Brilliant Living TV (a Suniel Shetty & Adarsh Gupta initiative) to launch an interactive service - ‘Actve Fitness’ - a first of its kind fitness training service on a DTH platform in the country. ...

Product Pulse
LG Nexus 5 X: Barbie's favourite smart phone!
If Barbie owned a smart phone, it has to be the LG Nexus 5. Lot of plastic and a smooth UI to complement it! November 16 2015: No, we are not saying it's a bad phone. We just believe there is too much plastic in the phone, at a time when we are used to really lightweight metal phones that look stylish. ....
iBall Slide Avonte 7 tablet: It's selfie-made
Featuring a rotating camera, the phone  is made for the selfie enthusiast November 16 2015: These days, taking selfies is the favourite way to document our lives  and if you are somebody who can't resist taking  them  frequently,  the iBall Slide Avonte 7 is  ideal for you. ....
QHM485 headphones: Sound proposition!
Bangalore, November 9 2015:  If there's one thing I hate, it's using the tiny in-earpieces that phone makers  throw in free. ...

IT's for you
  Viaan phones come with V-Assist pre-installed feature
Mumbai, November  26, 2015: The Raj Kundra -promoted Viaan Industries   has launched   Viaan Mobiles, with 5  handset  variants in the price range of Rs 849 to Rs 12999. The USP of Viaan Mobiles is the “V-Assist” feature exclusively available to Viaan smartphone users for the first time in India. ....
Ambrane launches a pair of wooden bluetooth speaker systems
Bangalore,  November  23 2015: Ambrane India  has launched two new 5.1 Multimedia Speakers AMS 2100 & AMS 1100 with pocket friendly prices -- Rs.2999 and Rs.1999. The  wooden  AMS 2100  has a main woofer paired with subwoofers (5. ....
From STK, a power bank for the back packing outdoors type
 Bangalore, November 23 2015:  UK based  STK Accessories,  has  launched a new, rugged and touch  power bank. ...
Powerbank doubles as anti theft protector
November  17 2015: A young inventor from Durgapur, Gyan Prakash Kesarwani   has created a smartphone/tablet/laptop powerbank- charger that uses built in GPS to  protect your device from theft. ...
New Lapcare speaker comes with Bluetooth, NFC
October 26 2015: Lapcare,  has launched its latest portable Bluetooth speaker – ‘Tunes’ --  which promises good battery life, NFC compatibility and built in microphone. ...

IT people
  VC Raja to head Philips in India
New Delhi,  November 19, 2015:  V. Raja is to be the Vice-Chairman and Managing Director for Philips India   from December 1,  responsible for driving and building the healthcare and Ccnsumer lifestyle businesses of the company. ....
Raju GVSR to head production systems at Xerox India
New Delhi, November 17, 2015: Raju GVSR has been appointed  Associate Director and Head, Production Systems Group, Xerox India,  a part of Xerox Corporation, the world's leading enterprise for business process and document management services. ....
Time Inc strengthens presence in Bangalore with 2 key hires
Bangalore, November 7, 2015:  To expand its  operations in Bangalore, Time Inc. India has  announced the appointments of Ashis Roy to Vice President, Technology & Product Engineering and Riyaz Aftab to Vice President, Human Resources. ...

Best of the rest
Encrypted Messaging Apps Face New Scrutiny Over Possible Role in Paris Attacks
Obama administration officials say the Islamic State has used a range of encryption technologies over the past year and a half, many of which defy cracking by the National Security Agency. Other encryption technologies, the officials hint, are less secure than terrorist and criminal groups may believe, and clearly they want to keep those adversaries guessing which ones the N.S.A. has pierced......  New York Times   November 16 2015

Indian academic wins global award for hand held devices work
Prof Mayank Shrivastava of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has become the first Indian to win the prestigious IEEE Electron Devices Society Early Career Award. He is assistant professor at the Department of Electronics Systems Engineering and working on developing nanoelectronics and nanotechnological solutions for ‘System on Chip’ applications.  New Indian Express, October  29 2015

Facebook’s 'Internet for All' is a tough sell in India
Facebook's rocky experience since it brought stripped-down Internet access to India shows that good intentions and technological savvy are not enough.....New York Times  October 25 2015


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